Medford Auger project site 2 Medford Transportation Center, Medford, NJ
The Medford Auger Project (22-26 Aug. 2016) exceeded expectations. Six sites, 10 holes, and 359 ft of section were successfully cored with excellent recovery (328.65 ft; 91.5% recovery). Site 6 stands out with the thickest Marlboro Formation (10.5 ft) that was double cored. We had an overall recovery of 72.6 ft of Marlboro Formation, our target. Weather was spectacular for late Aug. Seven students worked the sites, with the study of these cores constituting part of L. Podrecca’s Masters thesis. Study onsite provided an excellent introduction to the geology of the coastal plain for 3 incoming students (Alex Adams, Luca Podrecca, and Mark Yu. We greatly appreciate the cooperation of Jane and Ed Adams (owners Flora Lea Farm), Elizabeth Poblete and her staff (Medford Transportation and Operations Center), and Richards Parks and his staff (Director of Neighborhood Services) for welcoming us onto their properties. We thank the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and the School of Arts and Sciences for providing partial funding, Tonya Rufus, Ashley Pavlis, and Frank Cocilovo for expediting the contract and insurance, Mike Gagliano (NJGS) for logging, and Pete Chirico and his staff for providing the drillers. Finally, the coring could not have been done without the cheerful hard work by the USGS drillers, Jeff Grey and Keith Moody, who did an exemplary job.
Kenneth G. Miller, Distinguished Professor
Co-Chair IODP Science Evaluation Panel